Playing and Learning in Nature: Our Future Depends On It
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Playing and Learning in Nature: Our Future Depends On It

by Laura Newman, School Ground Greening Coalition “I love putting my feet in the soil...it makes me feel closer to the Earth.” -Dyer Elementary student. For the School Ground Greening Coalition, Nature Play is not just a buzzword. Outdoors, in natural settings, children learn important lessons about risk, resilience, and...
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Pretty flower or a gnarly pest?
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Pretty flower or a gnarly pest?

Identifying invasive plants on the trails. by Emily Wiederkehr Rothschild and Phyllis Chinlund   THERE’S BEEN A LOT of recent buzz around invasive plants. In December, the State of Maine approved regulations to ban the commercial sale of 33 species of common invasive plants. These regulations beg the questions: What is...
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People Powered Commuting in Portland
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People Powered Commuting in Portland

People powered commuting gets locals from here to there with lots of benefits along the way. by Tom Tero According to city-data.com, over 30,000 people commute into Portland every weekday, a number that has grown significantly in the last two decades. As the pie chart from the same site shows, the...
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Maine land trusts, nurseries agree on invasive plant ban (Forecaster)
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Maine land trusts, nurseries agree on invasive plant ban (Forecaster)

by Katie Irish Collins Stewardship Coordinator, Daniel Bishop is quoted in the article surveying a number of land trusts in the state about recent ruling to ban sale of 33 invasive plant species.   Daniel Bishop, the stewardship and trail volunteer coordinator for Portland Trails, said, “Controlling invasives is a...
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Race Day (Maine Magazine)
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Race Day (Maine Magazine)

Why Mainers hit the roading running by Dr. Lisa Belisle, January 2017   Most road races start early in the morning, and the Trail to Ale 10K is no exception. The sky is gray and a light mist clings to the crowd gathering on Portland’s Eastern Promenade. Several runners sprint...
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Explore urban wilds with Portland Trails map (Maine Today)
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Explore urban wilds with Portland Trails map (Maine Today)

By Carey Kish, December 18, 2016 Maps of all kinds litter my office space, offering ample distraction whenever my concentration on the task at hand starts to wane. A certified geography geek, I can easily spend hours lost in far off thoughts while scanning a map’s highway numbers, trail routes,...
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Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K (Maine Today)
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Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K (Maine Today)

About 450 merry runners did the Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K on Dec. 11, a brisk run followed by beer and brunch at RiRa’s. Four local breweries–Shipyard, Maine Beer Company, Allagash, and Rising Tide–donated brews for the post-race party. The Holiday Dash is a fundraiser for Portland Trails. See all...
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Let It Snow
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Let It Snow

Skip the slopes, hit the trails! by Tom Tero, Newsletter editor. THE SNOW WAS DEEP, powdery and perfect as I skied onto the Presumpscot River Preserve two winters ago. Starting at Oat Nuts Park at Summit Street, I cruised down to the river on trails packed down by snowshoers and...
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Charity events attract thousands to Back Cove (Press Herald)
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Charity events attract thousands to Back Cove (Press Herald)

By Joe Lawlor, September 18, 2016 The Back Cove trail in Portland hosted two major charity events Sunday that attracted thousands despite a rainy morning. At 9 a.m., 1,500 runners raced around Back Cove in the Trail to Ale 10K, which benefited the nonprofit Portland Trails. Three hours later, about...
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[Press Release] Racers run, walk and celebrate 25 years of trails
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[Press Release] Racers run, walk and celebrate 25 years of trails

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2016 Thousands of racers to join Portland Trails for 17th Annual Trail to Ale 10K and celebrate 25 years of trails and community   Portland, ME - Portland Trails has many reasons to celebrate this September. All year, Portland’s non-profit land trust has been celebrating...
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A sense of adventure and a sense of place
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A sense of adventure and a sense of place

Portland Trails scavenger hunt inspires people to explore the "city at your feet" by Emily Wiederkehr Rothschild You've been hearing a lot about East Bayside from us, thanks to last year’s $75,000 Jane’s Trust grant which funded placemaking work in the neighborhood. July’s City at Your Feet Scavenger Hunt is...
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Conant property opens as riverside trail (American Journal)
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Conant property opens as riverside trail (American Journal)

by Andrew Rice, July 21 A portion of land owned by the late Eleanor Conant Saunders is now part of a small trail system operated by Portland Trails. The parcel, off Conant Street in Westbrook, cuts a scenic path over rolling, grassy hills and connects to the edge of the...
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PT hosts first annual City at Your Feet Scavenger Hunt
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PT hosts first annual City at Your Feet Scavenger Hunt

Over 70 people participated in Sunday's trail scavenger hunt, including families from as far as New York City and North Carolina. We saw teams beat the heat and the time clock to discover hidden gems across the city and earn points for using as many modes of alternate transportation as...
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[Press Release] PT Hires Jen Goldman, New Advancement Manager
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[Press Release] PT Hires Jen Goldman, New Advancement Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2016 Portland Trails Hires Jennifer Goldman as new Advancement Manager Portland Trails is excited to announce the appointment of Jennifer Goldman as the first Advancement Manager--a new position and a strategic move for the organization. Ms. Goldman brings over 20 years of development and nonprofit...
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See Portland from the top of a mountain bike.
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See Portland from the top of a mountain bike.

by Tom Tero If it seems like there are more mountain bikers than ever on the trails, you’re not imagining things. Mountain biking has hit a peak of popularity that shows no signs of slowing down. I spoke with Chris Carleton, owner of Allspeed Cyclery & Snow and enthusiastic supporter of...
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Tales from Then and Now: Stories from the past 25 years.
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Tales from Then and Now: Stories from the past 25 years.

From a few ideas brewing at a kitchen table to 70 miles of trails and green space that you can walk,bike, or play on every day--the Portland Trails network has become one of the most distinctive features in our city. It's hard to imagine Portland without the trails. So let's...
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Aurelia Scott, ‘Hero’ of Portland Trails (Press Herald)
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Aurelia Scott, ‘Hero’ of Portland Trails (Press Herald)

Whether serving with the trail group or getting her hands in the dirt, she acts on her belief in the importance of urban natural spaces. By Mary Pols - Portland Press Herald Aurelia Scott arrived in Maine in November 1997, just months before one of Maine’s most infamous ice storms,...
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Trails lead to wild and peaceful Portland (Press Herald)
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Trails lead to wild and peaceful Portland (Press Herald)

The Portland Trails system reduces the use of cars and gives walkers, bicyclers and skaters easy access to nature. From Shoshana Hoose's LEG WORK blog - Portland Press Herald When I moved to Portland 30 years ago, circling Back Cove meant navigating a narrow, rutted footpath by Interstate 295 that...
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Vital for commuters, Portland Trails turns 25  (Press Herald)
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Vital for commuters, Portland Trails turns 25 (Press Herald)

Born of a casual conversation, the nonprofit has built and maintains more than 70 miles of trails that give urban dwellers commuting paths, plus the solace of the natural world. See the other two articles in May 8th Source feature, here and here. By Jennifer Van Allen for SOURCE - Portland...
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PT supporters throw back at GORP 2016. (MaineToday)
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PT supporters throw back at GORP 2016. (MaineToday)

The 3rd Annual GORP: A Party to Support Portland Trails took place on April 28, 2016 this year. Supporters enjoyed a night of festive snacks, local beers by Allagash, and games including darts and corn hole. Guests could enter into a raffle with prizes valuing up to $1000 and three...
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